Jake Westbrook, at 91-90 for his career and 6-6 this year, is the model of consistent inconsistency. But when he has that sinking feeling, it generally means that all is well.
Westbrook on Wednesday night saved the Cardinals from falling under .500 for the first time this season -- they have had four chances. He threw his first complete game in more than two years and first in 59 starts as a Cardinal when he held Detroit to an unearned run in a 3-1 triumph. Westbrook had 15 groundball outs with his trademark sinker.
The Cardinals eased back above .500 at 35-34 and, for the fifth consecutive series, will play a rubber game in Thursday's finale.
Manager Mike Matheny said he hadn't been aware of the Cardinals' repeated threats of falling under .500.
"My response to whatever our record is is that we're better than what it is," Matheny said.
Westbrook, whose last complete game was on May 16, 2010 at Baltimore when he pitched for Cleveland, said, "It's a great feeling. Every time you...